The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has recently published ‘A City for all Londoner’s consultation document’ which is the first step towards the creation of a new London Plan.
The document, which is out for consultation until 11th December 2016 is the Mayor’s ‘ambition for London’ and sets out the strategies for new key policy areas that will be published in draft in 2017. A city for all Londoners is split into five themed sections being; housing, the economy, environment, growth and a city for all, with the Mayor advising that the document should be read as a whole rather than in individual sections.
With regards to housing, the City for all Londoner’s document does not set an annual target for homes but does state that there is a need to build at least 50,000 homes every year between now and 2041. In addition, the Mayor reiterates his intention to protect the green-belt and other designated green spaces whilst working with public bodies such as the NHS and Network Rail on the release of land for residential development. In addition, the Mayor has also reaffirmed the target of working towards 50% of all new dwellings being affordable housing.
The Mayor has outlined from the outset that he is open to additional and further ideas that can assist in the formulation of the new plan and his strategies. Consequently, several stakeholder workshops, community focus groups and online discussions are set to take place during the consultation period.
If you are interested in learning more about the implications of the City for all Londoners document, please do not hesitate to contact our London office.